What is Aerotoxic Syndrome and did it happen on your flight?
You have symptoms during and after a flight and are not feeling well? You are even in pain - but your physician can not find a reason?
You could be suffering from an 'in-door' health issue similar to sick-building-syndrome, and that is: a chemical poisoning. If you have been on a flight or several flights recently, or if you are a professional crew member, you could be suffering from 'Aerotoxic Syndrome' after inhaling contaminated cabin air over a long period of time at so called 'low levels' , or you just experienced a 'fume' event during which visible fumes, mist, smoke appeared in the cabin, or felt instantly sick due to strong, pungent, acrid or simply unpleasant odours/ smells. 'Indoors' - in a confined, sealed space - the aircraft. Symptoms you may have, some of them instantly, others may appear days, or even months later:
Word finding problems
Hoarseness/ loss of voice
Tingling in hands and feet
Breathing problems/ lung issues
Balance /gait problems
sudden claustrophobia/ panic attacks
Vision problems (i.e. tunnel vision)
Aching muscles (like when you have a flu)
change/increase of sensory (taste, smell)
and more ...
All of these symptoms or some of them, can be the result of exposure to i.e. organophosphates, kerosine fumes and their very toxic components, as well as pesticide/ insecticide chemicals = a poisoning. Neurotoxic agents contained in i.e. jet-engine oils, kerosine fumes, insecticides (when crew have to sprayon board when flying to certain destinations, and residual spraying), hydraulic oils, flame retardants, etc.
Crew and passengers, especially frequent flyers are constantly in danger of accumulating a body burden of toxic materials through inhalation. A slowly but surely lethal dose of these neurotoxic compounds will deposit in so called 'storage organs' which are made up of fatty tissue (such as the brain, pancreas etc) . This can lead to constant, even chronic uncomfortable symptoms and ill-health. Is this a new occupational disease? Read Aerotoxic Syndrome-a new occupational disease? published by WHO.
For this ill-health to happen one does not have to have been exposed to a visible 'fume event' during which one can see smoke-similar fumes in the cabin; it can also happen by flying regularly over a long period of time, during which you inhale with each breath you take many small doses of chemicals that seem to be present on practically every flight and are often described as smells like 'old, dirty socks' or 'wet dog', but can also smell 'electric' , or acrid, or pungent ... or not at all. These 'smells/ odours' are the result from chemical reactions within the various formulas of chemicals used and are released and possible increased in toxicity due to heat expsoure (engine = bleed-air etc). Many of them contain neurotoxic and/or cancerogenous agents, or are possibly damaging to fertility..
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